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10th, 1777, Sarah Delap, and their children
were :

i Susanna; m., April 3, 1792, Richard
Sheldon, ironmaster, of Cumberland county.

n. William; b. 1779; d. January 17,
1811, at his residence, Petite Bourgon, Island
of Trinidad, whither he had removed ten
years before; left a wife and three children.

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Hi. Qeorge-Ddap; b. November 12, 1780;
d. Angnst 14, 1849; was a physician; m.
Mary Steel, daughter of Ephraim Steel, of

iv. Lewis; a merchant of Baltimore, m.
Dec 18, 1805, Susan Fonderan of that city.

v. Eneas; d. May 21, 1806, in the prime
of life.

vi. Sarah; m. July 25, 1809, James Hun-
ter of North Carolina.

rii. Priscitta; m., March 24, 1811, James

Wk8t, Francis.

Francis West, a native of Scotland, born
abont 1715, emigrated to Ireland, where
he married Mary Wynn. He came
to America in 1754, and settled at
Carlisle. Being a man of education, he was
appointed one of the justices July 13, 1757,
an office he held for almost a quarter of a
century. About 1765 be erected a house and
mill yet standing, on Shearman's creek,
whither he removed towards the begin-
ning of the war of the Revolu-
tion. He was active and promi-
nent in public affairs and his name is fre-
quently met with in our Provincial records.
A staunch Presbyterian, he was a strong ad-
vocate for independence. He died at his
residence, on Shearman's creek, in December,
1783, leaving the following children, his
wife having died prior thereto :

t. Ann; d. Feb. 9, 1809; m. Col. George
Gibsonjd. Dec. 11, 1791, in his 47th year;
and whose children were Francis, Gen.
George, John Bannister, chief justice of
Pennsylvania, and William.

it. William; d. in 1797, at Baltimore; un-

Hi. Mary; d. July 23, 1840, aged about
100 years; m. Gen. David Mitchell of the

it?. Edward; d. in 1816, at Landisburg,
Perry county, was twice married, and his
children were, William, who died in Harris-
burg in 1882 at an advanced age, the father
of Rev. William A. West, of this city;
Geoige, Edward, Henry; Nancy, m. Rev.
David Elliott, D. D., and Armstrong.

t. Dorothy; b. October 23, 1759; m. Pat-
rick Kinsloe, of Juniata county, Pa., and'
whose descendants remain in that locality.

Mr. West was a brother-in-law of Col.
Alexander Lowrey, of Lancaster county,
his sister Ann, the widow of Hermanns

Alricks, being the second wife of that Rev-
olutionary patriot.


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K eagle— John Keagle, b. July 14, 17-94,
near Harrisburg, Pa. ; removed to" Ohio, and
after some years, in 1835, to Sangamon
county, 111. He died there in June, 1872.
What is known concerning this family ?

Privateeb Alabama.— A correspondent
asks the question why this vessel was called
"290." In answer would state that she was
thus called because she was fitted up by two
hundred and ninety English merchants, for
the purpose of preying upon American com-
merce. She sailed from England under that
name, but the rebel government gave her the
name of Alabama.

The Political Conventions of 1860. —
In reply to *'H. B.," who inquires when and
where were the Presidential conventions of
1860 held, and who were the principal can-
didates before those bodies, we have the fol-
lowing: The Republican convention met at
Chicago, Illinois, on the 16th of May, and
with the exception of some of the extreme
Southern States, there was a full represen-
tation of all sections of the country. After
the third ballot, Abraham Lincoln, of Illi-
nois, was nominated for President, he re-
ceiving 231 J votes; W. H. Seward, of New
York, 180; S. P. Chase, of Ohio, 24j; Ed-
ward Bates, of Missouri, 22; and others
scattering. "Breaks" in the various delega-
tions gave Lincoln 354 votes at the close.
Hannibal Hamlin, of Maine, was nominated
for Vice President The regular Democratic
convention met at Charleston, South Caro-
lina, April 26th. After fierce debates on the
question of a platform, the rabid pro-slavery
members withdrew. The convention then
took fifty -seven ineffectual ballots for Presi-
dent, and finally adjourned to meet in Balti-
more on June 18th. On reassembling in that
city, the convention nominated Stephen A.
Douglas for President on the second ballot
At Charleston his chief competitors had been
James Guthrie, of Kentucky, and Senator
Hunter, of Virginia: The Southern seceders
from the Charleston gathering assembled at

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Baltimore on Jane 28th. and unanimously
nominated for President John C. Breckin-
ridge, of Kentucky, nnd for Vice President
Joseph Lane, of Oregon. The representa-
tives of the Constitutional Union party had
also assembled in Baltimore on the 9rh of
May, selecting as its candidate for President
John Bell of Tennessee, and for Vice Presi-
dent Edward Everetr, of Massachusetts. At
the polls the Lincoln and the Douglas ticket*
received most of their support from the
North; the Bell and Breckinridge tickets
most of theirs from (he South.


Contribution to Its Biographical Ilistors.

Forster, Arthur.

Arthur Forstkr, son of an apothecary
of Berwick upon-Tweed, county of North-
umberland, England, was born there about
the year 1720. He studied law in London,
and came to America about the time of the
erection of Cumberland county. We hav*
no knowledge as to when he was admitted to
the bar there. He seems to have been
quite prominent in his profession and
a gentleman of excellent acquirements.
He died rather suddenly at Carlisle in De-
cember, 1757, and was there interred. His
•estate, which was considerable, he devised
first to his brother William Forster, an
apothecary of Hexham, county of Northum-
torland, England, but should he refuse to
<ome to America to his brother Thomas
Forster, of Norhain, near Berwick-upon-
Tweed, England. In case he also refused it
was to go to his executors, who were "Fran-
■cis West, Esq., and John Smith, merchant,
both of Carlisle."

Underwood, John.

John Underwood, b. in 1728 in county
Antrim, Ireland, was educated at Belfast,
and came to America abont 1772. locating at
Carlisle, where he entered mercantile pur-
suits. The war of the Revolution breaking
out shortly after, he took an active part in
the struggle for independence, and was with
the associators at Trenton, Princeton,
Brandy wine and Germantown. At the close
of the war he resumed business at
Cai lisle which had been greatly de-
ranged thereby. He died at Carlisle on
the 8th of September, 1827, in the 79th
year of his age. Mr. Underwood's sons,

William B. and James, founded the Carlisle
Volunteer, a paper which yet survives in a
green old age. The elder son, a ho died No-
vember 9, H34, served in the war of 1812.
The younger brother continued the Volunteer
several years, when he disponed of it We
have net t^e date of his death.

Smith, John.

John Smith, b. in 1759 in Middleton
township; d. October 7, 1839, in Carlisle.
His father, John Smith, was an early settler
ol the Cumberland Valley, and held some im-
portant offices after the organization of the
county of Cumberland. The son settled at
Carlisle in business. When the war of the
Revolution commenced he entered into the
Continental service. He was commissioned
an ensign in 1777, and participated in the
hard-fought battles of Brandywine and
Germantown. For gallant and meri-
torious conduct he was promoted to a lieu-
tenantcy, and le tired at the close of the
struggle for freedom with a captain's com-
mission. From that period until the close
of his long life he resided at Carlisle, "re-
spected and beloved by all his acquain-
tances." His remains were interred with
the honors of war. No doubt there are
those yet living, who remember well this
funeral of about the last survivor of the war
of the Revolution at Carlisle.


I. John Jacob Schnebble, born A. D.
1659, in Switzerland. He undoubtedly emi-
grated to America on the ship Friendship of
Bristol, John Davies, master, all being Pala-
tinates, and numbering, with their families,
about two huudred persons, and landed at
Philadelphia October 16, 1727. In the list
we find the name of Jacob Sneppley and
Heinrich Schnebli, and it is to the former
we wish to follow with a brief record, some
of whose descendants reside in Dauphin,
Lebanon and Franklin counties.

John Jacob Snively was naturalized at
Philadelphia Oct. 14, 1729. He settled near
what is now the present town of Greencastle,
Franklin county, Pa., where he died Aug.
24, 1766. He m. twice; by the first he had
issue two sons: He m., secondly Barbara
Eberly and thay had issue:

i. Henry; b. 1739; m. Barbara Whitmore
and hid issue, Peter, Elizabeth, Henry,
Jacob and Joseph. All but one married and
left issue residing in Franklin county, Pa.

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2. 0. Joseph; b. Dec. 19, 1748; m. Magda-
lena Stoner.

Hi Andrew; b. Jan. 4, 1751; d. Feb. 25,
1813; in. first Susanuah Funk and had issue,
lie ra. secondly Mary Magdalen a Shenk
and they had issae, and the descendants
from both wives are quite numerous, scat-
tered all through the States, some becoming
in their day quite prominent; three in one
family are ministers in the Protestant Epis-
copal church.

ivMidtael; b. Jan. 25; 1757; d. unm.

«. Jacob: b. Nov. 15, 1763; m. Eva Cole-
man and had issue, many of whose descend-
ants reside in Canada.

II. Joskph Snively (John Jacob) b.
Dec 19, 1748; d. 1835>in Franklin county,
Pa., where he resided all his life and followed
farming. He married Magdalena Stoner.
They had issue:

i.' Barbara; b. Jan. 12, 1774; m. Martin

it. Jacob; b. Feb. 7. 1776; m. Eliza-
beth Stoner; tbey had issue:

a. Mary; m. Martin Newcomer.

b. SusannaJi; m. Samuel Snively and
left issue residing near Greencastle, Pa.

c. Eliza, m. George Besore and had (Tiara,
Abraham and Alfred.

d. Nancy, m. Dr. John Lambert, of
Chambersburg, Pa., and had (surname
Lambert) Ann Eliza, Bruce and EUen,
m. William Bard.

e. Rebecca, m. John Oaks, of Chambers-
burg. Pa., and had issue.

/. Catharine M,, m. James Chariton, resid-
ed in Dwight, I1L

g. Daniel, unm.

Hi. Anna, h. January 22, 1780; d. 1863;
m. Isaac Garher.

iv. John, b. December 5, 1783; m. Cath-
erine Poor man. He resided and died in
Franklin county, Pa. They had issue:

a. Elizabeth, m. Adam Grittinger; they
hart iw»ne residing in Lebanon county.

b. Mary, m. John (son of William, son of
John, son of Johannes) Early; they had
issue (surname Early) :

1. Louisa; ra. Henry Light; resides in
Lebanon, Pa.

2. Jacob.

3. Benj. F. ; married, and resides in
Marion, Fla,

4. Mary; resides in Dauphin county, m.
John Shouffler.

5. Joseph; m. Maggie Buck, and resides
in Cumberland county, Pa.

6. Lucretia; resides in Lebano n county,

.7. Ezra, resides in Lebanon county, Pa.
8. Anna, resides in Lebanon county,


c. Melchi, m. Elizabeth Newcomer; re-
sided at Shady Grove, Pa.

d. Catharine, m. William Malavary, re-
siding at Greencastle, Pa.

v. Joseph, b. December 12, 1786; d. Au-
gust 22, 1872; m. Nancy Baechtel ; had issue;
nine children ; all leaving large families ex-
cepting the oldest, Isaac, who died in 1831
while attending Yale College.

New Haven, Conn. E. w. s. P.


Historical, Biographical and Genealogical.


Allen. — Samuel Allen married Rebecca

Smith. After bis death she married

Caldwell. The children of the former are
given in Egle's Pennsylvania Genealogies.
What was the Christian name of Caldwell ?

Patterson's Island. — This island, con-
taining 24 acres of land, was located two
miles below Harrisburg. Can any of our
readers inform us which one of the islands
opposite Steelton this refers to ?

Buchanan. — Robert and William Bu-
chanan, brothers, resided in Middle Pax tang
township in 1800. Can tyr. Meetch furnish
JV. eft Q. information concerning them ?

Hamaker. — Among the very early set-
tlers on the Swatara and Derry township
was Adam Hamaker. He died prior to 1793,
but in that year there were living of his
children the following:

i. Adam, and wife Mary.

ii. henry, and wife Mary, of Mifflin
county, Pa.

Hi. Abraham.

iv. Peter, of Lancaster county, Pa.

v. Isaac.

vi. Daniel, and wife Ann, of Virginia.

vii. Eve, m. Francis Groff, of Lancaster

viii. Elizabeth, m. Anthony Shoemaker,
of Lancaster county.

ix. Salome, ra. Adam Lambert, of Vir-

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x, Ann, m. John Etter, of Lancaster

xL Christian, and wife Ann.

xii. Samuel, and wife Ann, of Franklin
county, Pa.


[We are indebted to a gentleman well
versed in the aboriginal history of the coun-
try for the following notes, which are well
worth perusing and preserving.]

In regard to your inquiry as to the parties
first descending the Susquehanna, the ac-
counts are found in different works as fol-

First Three Dutchmen (one name Kleyn-
ties) accompanied a party of Mohawks In
1614 from Fort Nassau (afterwards Fort
Orange, now Albany, N. Y.), in a war ex-
pedition against the Carantouans, as then
called by the French, but known to the Dutch
as Minquas. The great town of this tribe
was then located at so-called "Spanish Hill, "
near Waverly, and a smaller town on Sugar
creek, near North Towanda. The attack
was unsuccessful, and the three Dutchmen
were captured.

Champlain, in 1615, accompanied a party
of Hurons in a war expedition * gainst the
Onondagas,and sent Stephen Brule, a French-
man, with a party of Hurons to make ar-
rangements with the Carantouaus to send
500 warriors to aid the Hurons, &&, in their
war against the Onondagas. The expedi-
tion was unsuccessful, and Brule returned
with the Carantouans, and wintered among
them. The next spring he descended the
river, as he says, to the sea, and afterward,
in attempting to return, was captured by the
Iroquois, and not until 1619 did he find
Champlain, who then wrote out his account
The Carantouan account of this capture
of the Dutchmen, and of the expeditions is
found in Chain plain's works. These books
as originals are very rare. A reprint,
second edition, in French, was published at
Quebec a few years since, by Geo. E. Des-
barats, but this is now obtained with great dif-
ficulty. The Prince Society of Boston, have
recently translated and published a beauti-
ful edition of all the works of Champlain,
in three volumes. The Dutch account of
the capture of these men and of their
ransom will be found in vol 1 of the Docu-
mentary history of N. Y., p. 14. This is
exceedingly brief, however. Additional

facts will be found in the two maps in same
vol. at pages 10 and 12. On the second one*
the Susquehanna appears as far down as
Towanda. This was made as 1 think in-
1614. On the 1st, made as I believe in
1616, the same river appears, fairly correct-
as far down as Shamokin, and incorrectly
below that point, and is made to flow into
Delaware Bay to the West of the De'awarc.
Neither of these maps as yet has been cor-
rectly interpreted inany published work. I
have prepared an analysis, but it is lengthy,
and must be re- written before it is fit to read

You will find two maps d scussed by Mr.
Brodhead in the N. Y. H. S. Proceedings
for 1845, pp. 182-192. He failed, un-
fortunately, in bis analysis, and since that
date I am not aware of any one attempting
the discussion, and, possibly, I may regret
making the attempt If yon take the trouble
to examine the question, you will rind that
my interpretation is something original and
entirely new. If I can ever find time to visit
your place I will bring along all my notes
and discuss the Susquehanna question fully.
I expected before this to send you an article
for your Notes and Querieson CANAWAGA,
or CONEWAGO as you write it followed
bv one on CONESTOGA, and another on
SUSQUEHANNA, but have been unable to-
do so as yet If you can find the exact lo-
cality of the "Sasquabana Indian Fori'*
(see map in your Hist, p. 92, and Moll's
map 1715, Herrman's 1670) it will be an in-
teresting discovery. It will be fonnd on a
high hill— on the south bank of the river —
with a level space or nearly so on top of not
less than 3 or 4 acres, a short distance below
the "great falls," possibly between Great and
Little Conewago, but certainly between two
streams of s.>me character. I could find it
in one day's search, in my opinion.

Contributions to Its Biographical History.

Potter, John.

John Potter, of Scotch parentage, was a
native of county Tyrone, Ireland, wher* he
was born about the year 1705. He emi-
grated to America in 1741, and located in
Antrim township, now Franklin county.
In the early French war of
1747-*48 he was in the service as
first lieutenant, and took an active
part in the Indian war following Braddock'a

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defeat, on the 17 th of February, 1756, fol-
lowing being commissioned a captain in the
Second Pennsylvania Battalion. Upon the
organization of the county of Cumberland he
was appointed the first sheriff, and was again
commissioned in 1753. He died about 1758.
His children were: James, a major general
in the army of the Revolution; Samuel,
Thomas, Margaret ra. George Lattimore,
Annis m. Alexander Young, Catharine,
Mary, Ilanwh and Isabella, In January,
1761, his widow Martha was the wife of
Thomas Brown, of Brown's Mills, also of
Antrim township.

Reynolds, William.

William Reynolds, eldest son of John and
Mary (Magaw) Reynolds, was born in Hope-
well township, now \ 'am be Hand county, in
1730. We l-rst hear of him during the
French and Indian war when he was com-
missioned December 19, 1757, a lieutenant in
CoL James Bard's Battalion of Pennsylvania
troops. He was wounded at Grant's defeat
near Fort Duqnesne September 17, 1758.
Never fully recovering, he resigned March 17,
1750. He died after a short illness in Feb-
ruary, 1769, at his residence in Hopewell
township. He married Margaret William-
son, son of John and Mary Williamson, of
the Cumberland Valley. She was there-
fore a sister of the Rev. Hugh Williamson.
Their children were Mary, Affnes, Margaret,
and one not known.

Talbot, Jeremiah.

Jeremiah Talbot was a native of Talbot
county, Maryland. He was descended from
George Talbot, closely related to the Propri-
etary of Maryland, and who laid out Sus-
quehanna Manor in that Province. Jeremiah
Talbot came to Pennsylvania about 1770,
and settled in Hamilton township, now
Franklin county. When the war of the
Revolution began he raised a company
of volunteers for the Sixth Battalion of the
Pennsylvania Line, Col. William Irvine, of
which he was commissioned captain January
9, 1776. He participated in the Canada
campaign of that year, and was slightly
wounded at Three Rivers. At the expiration
of the term of service, his company re-en-
listed for three years or during the war, and
was attached to the Seventh Regiment of the
Line. He was promoted major of the Sixth
Regiment of the Line, September 24, 1777. He

continued in service until the re-arrangement
of January 1st, 1781, when be was retired.
He then returned to his home in the Cum-
berland Valley. When the new county of
Franklin was erected in 1784, he was ap-
pointed its first sheriff, elected in 1785, and
again in 1 786. He was commissioned county
lieutenant, December 1, 1787, serving until
the office was abolished. He seems to have
shared the fate of niueteen-twentieths of all
who filled the sheriff's office in the early
times, and became financially embar-
rassed in his latter days. He died at
Chamberaburg, January 17, 1791, and is
buried in the Presbyterian grave yard at
Falling Spring. His widow and children af-
terwards removed to the vicinity of Mercers-
burg. Major Talbot was one of the bravest
of our Revolutionary heroes, a man of prom-
inence and influence in the early history of
Franklin county, and one whose memory
should be preserved and cherished by its peo-


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Preston. — A correspondent from Indian-
apolis makes inquiry concerning the family
of Preston in Pennsylvania. By reference to
Futhey and Cope's History of Chester county
he will find that he is descended from Wil-
liam and Jane Preston, "of Bradley in the
parish of Huthersfield, Old England/' who
arrived in Pennsylvania in 1717 and settled
in Buckingham, Bucks county.

FI8HBURN.— Philip Fish burn was one of
the first pettlers of Hummelstown. He was
a gunsmith, and did good service in the
Revolution repairing and making guns for
the patriot army. He was born May 7 r
1722, ard d. Feb. 22, 1795; his wife Catha-
rine, b. Sept. 7, 1724, d. Dec. 7, 1788. The-
children surviving were:

i, Margaret; m. Peter Greiner.

ii. Philip.

Hi. Ludwig.

iv. Peter.

v. Deitrick.

vi. Magdaline; ra. John Reigart.

vii Catharine; m. Daniel Baum.

viii. Anna Maria; m. John Greiner.

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[The following brief sketch of one of the
most valuable estates in Pennsylvania was
famished the Editor of Notes and Queries
several years ago. Since then some in-
■queries have been made requesting the in-
formation, but nntil the present we have
not had space for it]

Some time previous to the year 1755,
Jacob Huber, who then owned the tract of
land upon which these works now stand,
erected a small furnace there. Like all
other new undertakings of this kind, com-
menced and conducted with but small ex-
perience of the business, 1 tuber soon found
it expedient to dispose of his establishment
Accordingly he parted with all his estate of
the furnace tract and such other lands as he
bad acquired to a company composed in
•(Baron) Henry William Stiegel, Charles
Stedman and Alexander Stedman. The
Stedmans living at a distance, Stiegel be-
came the active owner and manager of the
•estate. He accordingly took possession,
erected a new furnace and carried on the
works for the space of about eighteen years,
-durir g which period he acquire J for the use
-of the company a considerable addition to
the furnace lands, and also made some pur-
chases in his own right

In the meantime, Mr. Stiegel became em-
barrassed in his circumstances; he fell largely
in debt to David Bennezet, of Philadelphia,
for the security of which he mortgaged all
bis undivided third part of the Elizabeth
furnace estate to Mr. Bennezet, and not hav-
ing paid the money, - proceedings were had
opon the mortgage ; a levari facias, issued
upon a judgment obtained thereupon, by
virtue of which a sale was made by John
Ferree, Esq., high sheriff of Lancaster
county, to Daniel Bennezet, the mortgagee,
who received a deed for the mortgaged
premises, dated the fifth of May, 1775.
Daniel Bennezet also became the purchaser
at two other and subsequent sheriff's sales of
other lands belonging to Mr. Stiegel, and re-
ceived sheriff's deeds therefor, all of which
are described and conveyed in Mr. Benneztt's
deed to Robert Coleman.

In the year 1776, possessed of but a small
capital, and recently married, Robert Cole-
man took a lease for the Elizabeth furnace
estate for the term of seven years, not an-
ticipating at that time that before the
expiration of the lease he should have

it in his power to become the owner in fee
simple of the whole or greater part of the
estate. Success, however, crowned his en-
deavors, a new and regular system was
adopted, by which the business of iron
works was made to resemble more a well-
conducted manufactory than the scenes of
confusion and disorder, which had before
that time prevailed in that business.

During the continuance of the lease Mr.
Coleman made several purchases of lands
contiguous to the estate, and in the year
1780 purchased from John Dickinson, Esq.,
the one undivided third ^art of Elizabeth
Furnace and lands thereto belonging, he hav-
ing before that time become the owner of all
the estate and interest which Alexander
Stedman held in the same, as appears by the
sheriff's deed to Mr. Dickinson, and by his
deed to Robert Coleman, dated the 30th of
December, 1780.

In the year 1 784 Mr. Coleman purchased

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